USAGE: writing the date in Chinese
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 22, 2008, 18:43|
The subject line says it all. How does one write out the date when
If I were guessing, I would write out today's date as 2008 (in some
set of numerals), followed by the glyph for "year" (Mandarin "nian2"),
followed by 8, followed by the glyph for "month"/"moon" (Mandarin
"yue4"?), followed by 22, followed by the glyph for "sun"/"day"
2008 年 08 月 22 日
or, to use the native numerals:
So please correct me if I'm wrong about that. But even if I'm right,
then suppose I were to switch to the traditional lunisolar calendar.
That introduces two complications:
First there's the whole "how do I designate the year?" question. If I
use the non-traditional continuous numbering in common use in the West
and say that this is year 4705, that would presumably follow the same
pattern, though I wonder where an era marker would go if I wanted to
be explicit about the fact that I'm using (one of the) Huang-di eras.
But if I wanted to say that it's the stem-branch year wù-zǐ, would I
just write 戊子年?
Second: leap months. How would I refer to, say, "leap month 5" as
opposed to the preceding non-leap month 5?
Any help appreciated.
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>